March 2011 Archives

Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., was named a recipient of the Award for Global Engagement for 2010, by the University of Minnesota. Maiga teaches in the Maiga_award.jpgAgriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston. An award ceremony was held on March 24, 2011, at the West Wing in the Campus Club in the Twin Cities.

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members--active or retired--in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline, or the University. In addition to honoring individual faculty and staff members, the award--by identifying excellence in global engagement and by recognizing outstanding work--serves as a resource to other faculty and staff.

Maiga joined the faculty at the U of M, Crookston in January 2001. He teaches courses in animal science, livestock facilities and environmental systems, applied animal nutrition, dairy production, reproduction, forages, and animal systems management. Prior to coming to the Crookston campus, Maiga worked for the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Becker County, and the Pine to Prairie Cluster, Detroit Lakes, Minn. He earned a bachelor of science in animal sciences from Polytechnic Rural Institute of Mali (West Africa); a master's in animal science from University of Maine, Orono; a master's in agriculture economics from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.; and his doctorate in animal science from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

"I am truly honored by this award, the 2010 Award for Global Engagement," Maiga says. "I would like to thank the Office of International Programs for making this award an opportunity for faculty to be engaged in international programming. The award will certainly help me do what I always want to do for my students; that is giving them the opportunity to learn abroad and to increase their international experience."

Maiga's experience includes serving on the University of Minnesota System wide - Global Spotlight Committee since 2009. He was a key organizer of the Mali Symposium on Applied Sciences (MSAS), Bamako, Mali (West Africa) in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. He has presented scientific papers in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2010, Maiga invited Dr. Lyle Westrom and his wife, Susan, to MSAS to present a workshop on how to start an Agricultural Education program in Malian High schools.  He has served as president of Maliwatch (Mali Scientific Diaspora) since 2009.

From 2002-06 he taught Agriculture Production classes and Extension Service Programming in 2002, 2002, 2006 at the Agricultural School of Mali (IPR). He was involved with France Agriculture Schools ESITPA of Rouen, and VetAgroSup of Clermont Ferrand, France in arranging collaborative agreements for academic programming. Memorandum of Understanding signed between UMC and these two schools. U of M, Crookston students (16) attended 10 days short course in France in spring 2010.

Other recipients of the award included James D. Neaton, professor in the School of Public Health and Claudia Parliament, professor in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, both on the Twin Cities campus. Nominees must have been instrumental in promoting significant international education, institution building, or academic and global outreach programs. The award is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and administered by the Office of International Programs.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Award for Global Engagement recipients: James D. Neaton, Harouna Maiga, and Claudia Parliament. Photo by Jennifer Schulz, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, University of Minnesota.



Contact: Harouna Maiga, associate professor, 218-281-8107 (hmaiga@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The second in a series of "sustainability supper seminars" will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The theme for the dinner is the "International Dimensions of Sustainability," and it  will begin at 5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

A meal from the campus dining buffet line, will allow participants to spend the evening learning about sustainability and its various applications in other lands. Interested students, faculty and staff, community leaders, ministers, agency personnel, farmers, and business and industry representatives are welcome to participate by contacting Michael Knudson, Minnesota GreenCorps member, at 218-281-8128 (knud0189@umn.edu) by April 4 for reservations.

The schedule for the evening includes a welcome and introductions by Director of the Center for Sustainability Dan Svedarsky. Presentations during the evening include: Sophomore Tashi Gurung, an environmental sciences and communication double major from Kathmandu, Nepal, who will be presenting on recycling in Nepal; Senior Nikolay Seregin, a natural resources major from Moscow, Russia, sharing information on sustainability in Russia; and Min-seong Kim, an English as a Second Language student from Gyeonggi, Korea, who will present his study of eco-friendly marketing in Korea. Also speaking is Senior Jeff Cook, a natural resources major from Eagan, Minn., who will give his presentation on the "Impressions of climate change from a Will Steger trek to Baffin Island."  

Approximately 30 participants from diverse backgrounds took part in the inaugural program on March 24 which provided a briefing on overall definitions and applications of the concept of sustainability and initiatives underway on the UMC campus; as well as exploration of the "Communiversity" concept. "It's ideal to have a broad spectrum audience in sessions like these for it provides rich discussion and the clarification of ideas," according to co-convenor, Dan Svedarsky. "We had fun and everyone came away better informed."

A mini-grant from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment is helping fund the series of bi-weekly, "sustainability supper seminars" designed to educate the campus and the local community on sustainability applications.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Michael Knudson, Minnesota GreenCorps member, 218-281-8128 (knud0189@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

It's a celebration Ramona Mendez would have loved, and one her son, Ken, is proud to have brought to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Music, dance, and authentic Mexican cuisine highlight the "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" taking place on the Crookston campus on April 15, 2011. With new activities, this year's event promises to be the best one yet and the evening will also mark the kick off of the Ramona Mendez Endowed Scholarship fund drive.

The "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" is the kind of event Ken feels his mother would have loved and planned herself. "The celebration would have been the perfect night with music and dancing and all the things she loved," Mendez says. "And, I know the scholarship announcement would have truly humbled my mother who was a very unassuming woman."

The scholarship was the idea of Leticia Sanchez who works for Migrant Health Services in Crookston Mendez explains. Sanchez shared the idea with some other women and it caught on. Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations on the Crookston campus is encouraged to see the creation of the scholarship fund. "We are here to support students as they pursue their dreams of an education," he says. "The scholarship fund created to honor the memory of Ramona Mendez is a tribute to Ken as he completes his bachelor's degree and an encouragement to others to do the same."

The scholarship is something Ken says he could not have imagined a few years ago. A senior majoring in communication, Ken will graduate in May and his only regret is that his mother cannot see him graduate. "I know how happy my graduation would have made her, and it is bittersweet that she cannot be here to share the day with me and my family."

The "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" begins at 4 p.m. and runs through midnight with a host of activities for all ages. From 4 to 7 p.m. there will be a marketplace and children's activities in the Sargeant Student Center. Authentic Mexican cuisine will be featured at a dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Brown dining room and running concurrently will be a social with appetizers and music in the Eagles Nest. From 7 to 9 p.m. a program in Kiehle Auditorium will feature the dance troupe, Los Alegres Bailadores from Cottage Grove, Minn. The evening concludes with a family dance with the music of Sonora Café in Lysaker Gymnasium from 9 p.m. to midnight. All events are free and everyone is welcome.

The evening is made possible by a grant from the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation Legacy Amendment, University of Minnesota Crookston Concerts and Lectures fund and the Coke Community Initiative fund, a grant for cultural projects from the Crookston High School, and a donation from RiverView Health in Crookston.

For more information on the Legacy Destination weekend, visit www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-ideas/legacy/crookston/index.aspx.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Thomas Williams, director of diversity programs, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Under consideration for placement on the Threatened Species list by the U.S. Fish and GWWA-Dennis Malueg.jpgWildlife Service, saving the Golden-winged Warbler (photo at right), a small forest songbird, has brought recognition to a research team concerned with its survival. The Golden-winged Warbler Working Group was recently recognized for their efforts with the Region 3 Award for Strategic Conservation. The 12-member working group includes Associate Professor John Loegering (photo at left below)  who teaches in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The award recognizes individuals and teams who apply the principles of Strategic Habitat Conservation in an exemplary manner to their conservation activities. The Golden-winged Warbler Working Group was a 2011 winner in the Notable Projects/Team Achievement category for their work in the Upper Midwest.

LoegeringJohnP-small.jpgThe Golden-winged Warbler can vanish quickly when its habitat is threatened and Loegering's research has centered on the examination of healthy, stable, but rare populations of this vulnerable species and developing effective strategies to preserve them. Members of the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group conducted comparable research throughout the range of the species.
 

To earn the recognition, the group had to meet several criteria: The work has to be landscape in scale; the team must demonstrate involvement with a multidisciplinary team of collaborators with complementary skills and interests and implement a science-based conservation strategy, strengthen the scientific basis for the conservation opportunity, and increase efficiency and likelihood of success, and the results must be shared so others may learn from the approach.
 
"One key benefit to this large-scale collaboration is that our potential management recommendations can be implemented broadly across the country," Loegering says.  "The research program is in its 4th year and as a part of the research team, I received a portion of the grant for field research during the past three summers. "

During the time he has been working as a member of the group, Loegering has employed six U of M, Crookston undergraduates, two of whom conducted undergraduate research as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program through the University of Minnesota. A third student, Senior Mike Johnson, will be presenting a portion of the work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, N.Y., at the end of March. 

Loegering is jointly appointed to both the U of M, Crookston campus where his focus is on undergraduate education and the U of M, Twin Cities campus where he is focused on outreach and research as a wildlife specialist for the U of M Extension Service.

The Golden-winged Warbler Working Group involves work in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.  While much of the research is in the Midwest, it also includes a few East Coast states including New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania out of Region 3. Team members received a certificate and Challenge Coin, a specially minted coin that historically symbolized loyalty, and over the years, has come to represent camaraderie and teamwork.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Photo of John Loegering by Patrick O'Leary, University of Minnesota, Office of University Relations.
 


Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

SimmonsFlint recently received industry recognition with multiple awards for its work on CollegeEssentialsPostersDiv.jpgthe University of Minnesota, Crookston's 2010 student recruitment materials.  The marketing and communications firm, located in Grand Forks, N.D., worked with the Office of Admissions and with University Relations staff to design and develop the materials for the campus.

Specifically in the field of higher education marketing, Higher Education Marketing Report announced SimmonsFlint as a winner of the 26th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year over 2,500 entries were considered from more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Awards and certificates were given to those entrants whose materials displayed exceptional quality, creativity, and message effectiveness.

For the same promotional pieces, SimmonsFlint also received local Gold and Silver ADDY® Awards from the American Advertising Federation, the world's largest advertising competition. The search piece posters received a Gold ADDY, while the entire College Essentials campaign received a Silver ADDY.

UMC's College Essentials campaign features a series of three posters with close-ups of necessary college foods: mac 'n cheese, pepperoni pizza, and red delicious apples. The entire campaign includes the poster search pieces, a mini-viewbook, and the first-ever international viewbook. Additionally, Engage e-mail marketing, which achieved higher response than previous marketing efforts, was used in conjunction with the campaign.

Located in Grand Forks, N.D., SimmonsFlint is a full-service marketing communications firm dedicated to building brands, businesses, and relationships. It is a member of the Flint Group, a network of communications agencies and partners specializing in marketing, advertising, interactive, public relations, and growth strategy. The Flint Group includes Flint Communications, Fargo, N.D., HatlingFlint, St. Cloud, Minn., SimmonsFlint, Grand Forks, N.D., WestmorelandFlint, Duluth, Minn., AadlandFlint, Anchorage, Alaska, and Flint Interactive, an online services firm with staff in multiple locations.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

One of the hottest speakers in the college market is coming to the University of Minnesota Crookston during a Thursday Commons event on April 7, 2011. One part lecture, one part theater, one part slide show, and one part comedy, Author Marty Essen's "Around the MartyEssen.jpgWorld in 90 Minutes" begins at 12 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Sponsored by the Crookston Student Association, the student governing body on the Crookston campus, this exciting event is free and everyone is welcome.

"Around the World in 90 minutes" covers material on endangered species, new scientific discoveries, and the need for environmental protection. Funded by Concerts and Lectures, the event features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of the thousands of photos Essen took while traveling the world for his book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

Biographical information

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Essen developed a love of animals at an early age. His dream of an animal-oriented career became sidetracked at the age of 13, when he volunteered to answer request lines at a radio station. That position led to a job as a radio announcer, which in turn led him to become the owner of a Minneapolis-based talent management agency.

Eventually he moved to Montana to launch an independent local telephone company. In 2001, while being interviewed for a story about his telephone company, Essen mentioned to the reporter that he was heading to the Amazon rainforest. The reporter invited him to write a story about his adventures.

Essen's Amazon story ran as a feature article in two Montana newspapers. The Amazon story, and a second story about a trip to Australia, were so well received that he decided to expand his travels to all seven continents.

While traveling the world, in search of rare and interesting wildlife, Marty was stung by one of the world's most venomous insects, bitten by a poisonous snake, surrounded by wolves, attacked by a hippo--and had the time of his life. His unique adventures are chronicled in his book and are the basis for his multimedia presentation.

For more information about the event, contact Lisa Samuelson at 218-281-8507.
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Annual Tours for Tots at U of M, Crookston Scheduled for April 13-21, 2011

Children ages 3 and up can explore the world of agriculture and farm animals during the University of Minnesota, Crookston Tours for Tots program beginning Wednesday, April 13 and running through Thursday, April 21, 2011. The tours, recommended for children ages 4 -7 years old, will take children to visit the beef and sheep barn, horse stable and arena, the dairy cattle barn, and the greenhouse. Groups of 5 or more with adult supervision are best suited to the tours. Contact Amy Lubarski at lubarski@umn.edu to schedule a tour time by April 8.

Tours will run daily with the exception of Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday tours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each stop takes about 20 minutes with the entire tour lasting 1 hour. U of M, Crookston students in the Introduction to Animal Science class will provide hands-on learning activities at each stop, allowing for additional activities to be added to this year's program.

Children have the chance to see and interact with animals. In the greenhouse, children will see the wide variety of plants that are grown and view research areas along the way. Tours for Tots is sponsored by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: : Amy Lubarski, senior administrative specialist, 218-281-8101 (lubarski@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A mini-grant from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment will help fund a series of bi-weekly, "sustainability supper seminars" designed to educate the campus and the local community on sustainability applications.  In June of 2010, Chancellor Charles Casey approved an Action Plan for Climate Neutrality and Sustainability and this will be the primary focus of the seminars. The plan sets a target date of 2030 to achieve a balance between carbon released (primarily in the form of carbon dioxide) and the amount trapped or not produced; primarily by conserving energy and shifting to renewable sources.

The plan is far reaching and extends not only to energy conservation and efficiency issues directly, but also to transportation, communication, local foods, recycling, and interdisciplinary education approaches. All campuses of the University of Minnesota have or are developing such an action plan which better positions the University to not only model environmental stewardship but also save money through enhanced operation efficiencies. Numerous other campuses across the country are engaged in similar efforts.

Another over-arching goal of the seminar series is to better connect the campus to the community by creating a more functional, "Communiversity." Hopefully, participants will reach a deeper understanding of the system dynamics approach to problem solving, sustainability and its many applications; to strive toward a more functional "learning community"; and to seek ways for better synergy in the use of common resources.

Dan Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability and Scott Johnson will co-lead discussions and will launch the first seminar on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 5 p.m. Svedarsky will address, "The broad brush of sustainability, global and local" and Johnson, a systems design consultant from Grand Forks, will outline the application of the systems approach to complex campus-community sustainability initiatives. The session is scheduled for Bede Ballroom on the UMC campus.

A meal from the campus dining buffet line, will allow participants to spend the evening in conversation around a specific topic and engage others in the exploration of ideas relative to sustainability. Interested students, faculty and staff, community leaders, ministers, agency personnel, farmers, and business and industry representatives are welcome to participate by contacting Michael Knudson, Minnesota GreenCorps member, at 218-281-8128 (knud0189@umn.edu) by March 22 for reservations.

Upcoming sessions will include; International dimensions of sustainability (presented by UMC international students and faculty); an Earth Week presentation on April 20 on urban ecosystems; Implementing climate neutrality plans for campuses; Peak oil implications for broad-scale planning; Energy efficiency and renewable energy perspectives; The many values of local food production; and Faith-based approaches to sustainability.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Michael Knudson, Minnesota GreenCorps member, 218-281-8128 (knud0189@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will address graduates at the U of M,BruininksCurrentHeadShot.jpg Crookston during its commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The ceremony, which recognizes the 103rd graduating class on the campus, will begin at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium.

Bruininks was appointed the 15th president of the University of Minnesota on November 8, 2002, and will be stepping down from the role of president at the end of June 2011. He has served the university for more than 40 years, formerly as a professor, dean, and executive vice president and provost. With more than 65,000 students system-wide, the U of M is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country. Both as a faculty member and as an administrator, Bruininks has worked to advance the public mission and responsibilities of the University.

"Anytime we host the University's president on our campus, it is indeed a pleasure for us," said Andrew Svec, chair of the commencement committee. "But, having President Bruininks here to give the commencement address will make this day one of the most memorable in our history, and we are truly looking forward to having him here with us to celebrate the Class of 2011."

Since 2004, Bruininks has overseen a transformative strategic positioning effort at the University that has raised the bar considerably for the University's academic profile, its service to students and the community, and its stewardship of resources.

At the end of his presidency, Bruininks will join the faculty at the Humphrey Institute on June 30, 2011. The Humphrey Institute ranks among the top professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country.

Events on graduation day begin with a reception in the Sargeant Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception and the graduation ceremonies that follow. Commencement will begin with the traditional processional by faculty, staff, and graduates from the student center to Lysaker Gymnasium at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/commencement.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Photo of President Bruininks by Patrick O'Leary, University of Minnesota, Office of University Relations.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT) recently honored Albert Sims, Sims_Albert 9788.jpgassociate professor and director of operations at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) with the Meritorious Service Award. Sims was recognized at the organization's 36th annual awards banquet held in early March in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

One of three to receive the award in 2011, Sims was recognized as a member who made significant contributions to the beet sugar industry and for his role in the development of the industry.
Sims' background is in nutrient and fertilizer management in crop production.  He has been with the NWROC since 1995 and was appointed director of operations in October 2010. He earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2001 in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate in the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Sims holds a doctorate from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in soil science and both his master's and bachelor's degrees are in agronomy from University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Along with Sims, other award recipients were John A. Lamb and Mark. W. Bredehoeft. The mission of the ASSBT is to foster all phases of sugarbeet and beet sugar research, to promote the dissemination of resultant scientific knowledge, to strive to maintain high standards of ethics, and to cooperate with other organizations having objectives beneficial to the beet sugar industry. To learn more, visit http://www.bsdf-assbt.org/assbt/assbt.htm.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


Contact: Maureen Aubol, NWROC, 218-281-8602 (aubo0002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

CMS-0265-11_Cantus_Poster_8x11_CROOKSTON copy.jpgRenowned vocal ensemble to perform a concert in

Crookston on Thursday, March 31


Cantus will tour Greater Minnesota as part of Classical MPR's Artists-In-Residence program. The group will perform at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on March 31.

The second-ever Artists-In-Residence for Classical MPR, Cantus is "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States," (Fanfare magazine). As part of their tour of Minnesota, Cantus will also give a series of master classes at high schools and colleges around the state.

Cantus and Classical MPR are also creating a special project called Sonic Architecture--an online, sound-based exploration of Minnesota. The project has already accompanied Cantus to capture the majestic performances inside the limestone bluffs of St. Paul and documented the group's concert in the depths of the Soudan Mine in Minnesota's Iron Range. More information about this can be found at classicalmpr.org/air.

More about Cantus
The members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, working without a conductor or music director. Committed to a cappella presentation of significant music, including newly commissioned work, their artistic excellence and programmatic accessibility have made them audience favorites in their Twin Cities home and in concerts around the world.


More about Classical MPR's Artists-In-Residence program
Now in its second year, Classical MPR's Artists-In-Residence is a year-long commitment to bring outstanding artists to both Minnesota audiences via Greater Minnesota concerts, and to a national audience via American Public Media's "Performance Today." The residency is also marked by a strong educational component, where the artists set out to share their musical expertise with Minnesota high school and college students. The acclaimed Parker Quartet was the first-ever Classical MPR's Artists-In-Residence during the 2009-2010 concert season.


The Cantus Artists-In-Residence is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Crookston: Thursday, March 31
7:30 p.m.
Kiehle Auditorium
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN
Tickets: $15; $8 for students; $5 for children (12 and under). MPR members receive a discount.  For tickets, call 218-281-8266.
Reception:  There will be a reception following the concert performance.


Tune In: Classical MPR is heard throughout Minnesota, including in Crookston on 91.5 FM and streaming online at classicalmpr.org.



Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) operates a 40-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 900,000 listeners each week, Minnesota Public Radio produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences, and is home to the largest and most experienced radio newsroom in the Upper Midwest. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio's parent company, American Public Media™, reach 16 million listeners on nearly 800 radio stations nationwide each week. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at www.minnesotapublicradio.org.


Contact: Kristi Booth, 218-751-8864, (kbooth@mpr.org) www.mpr.org; George French, director, music and theater department, 218-281-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu)

The 73rd Annual Honor Banquet sponsored by the Red River Valley Development Association will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011, beginning at 12 noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Tickets for the noon banquet are available for $15.00 from the Extension Regional Office, Crookston and can be reserved by calling 1-888-241-0781.  Payment can be made at the door.

Individuals from northwest Minnesota will be honored as Valley Farmers and Homemakers for the good example they have set with their family life, community service, farming or agribusiness operations and their efforts to conserve natural resources.

The Northwest Minnesota Youth Leadership Awards will be presented to several outstanding young adults from the area.

The Red River Valley Development Association includes directors from 14 northwest Minnesota counties.  The 2011 Directors and Honored Couples are:

2011 Red River Valley Farmer and Homemaker Honored Couples:

County

Director

Honored Couple

Town

Becker

Bruce Hein

Curtis and Darlene Ballard

Ogema

Clay

Clarice Schmidt

Lloyd and Janice Alm

Hawley

Clearwater

Allen Paulson

John and Pam Arneson

Shevlin

 

Kittson

Gary Johnson

Marshal and Lorna Hemmes

Humboldt

 

Lake of the Woods

Ken Horntvedt

George and Judy Swentik

Baudette

 

Mahnomen

Jean Nelson

Eugene and Sharon Bisek

Mahnomen

Marshall

Gary Satre

Eric and Lori Johnson

Warren

 

Norman

Burton Rockstad

Duane and Carol Johnson

Flom

E Otter Tail

Roger Fremming

Eugene and Brenda Roller

Hewitt

 

W Otter Tail

Daniel Roehl

Willis and Joyce Roehl

Fergus Falls

Pennington

Gladys Hallstrom

Van and Deanna Swanson

Thief River Falls

E Polk

Jerry Erickson

Floyd Balstad

Winger

 

W Polk

Curt Knutson

Elliott and Michelle Solheim

Crookston

Red Lake

Larry Johnson

Calvin and Susan Harmoning

Red Lake Falls

Roseau

Buddy Erickson

Kelman and Elizabeth Kvien

Roseau

Wilkin

Milan Drewlow

Dan and Renae Froslie

Rothsay

 


For more information, contact Deborah Zak, Campus Regional Director, Extension Regional Office, Crookston.  Phone:  218-281-8684 or 1-888-241-0781.  E-mail:  dzak@umn.edu

Contact: Deborah Zak, Campus Regional Director, Extension Regional Office, Crookston, 218-281-8684 or 1-888-241-0781 ( dzak@umn.edu)

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will deliver his 2011 State of the BruininksCurrentHeadShot.jpgUniversity Address on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the Twin Cities campus.

The event will be videocast via ITV to the coordinate campuses, and a brief question-and-answer period will follow the address.  On the Crookston campus, the address will be available for viewing in 220 Dowell Hall.


The State of the University Address will available online. For more information, go to the State of the University Address Web site.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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